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Free Pick: Kentucky (6-0) at Georgia (6-0) 10/16/21
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Free Pick: Kentucky (6-0) at Georgia (6-0) 10/16/21

Are the Kentucky Wildcats the next animal that is led to slaughter by the Bulldogs? It sure seems likely and it is not because Kentucky is bad because they aren’t. They are coming off consecutive wins at home against Florida and LSU and have vaulted up No.9 in the Dudes Who Bet Sports Top-25. This will be the toughest test they have faced. Georgia has wins over Clemson, an undefeated Arkansas (at the time) 37-0, and last week at Auburn where they won 34-10. They have answered every test and their offense keeps improving to compliment the dominating defense that is a constant. Let’s see if Kentucky has a chance.

QUARTERBACKS: Will Levis has been very good as the Kentucky quarterback. He has 87 completions out of 135 attempts for 1134 yards. He has thrown 11 touchdowns but he also has 6 interceptions which he can’t do against Georgia. He has also 40 carries for 217 rushing yards and has scored 3 touchdowns. The quarterback situation is murky for Georgia because of the injury to J.T. Daniels. Stetson Bennett has stepped in and been good in the last two games. He has completed 43 passes out of 62 attempts for 746 yards and 8 TD’s. One would think he will be the starter this Saturday. Advantage: Kentucky

RUNNING BACKS: Kentucky likes to run the ball and their workhorse is, Christopher Rodriguez who has 120 carries for 771 yards. Kavosley Smoke has 45 rushes for an additional 269 yards. The Wildcats will have to have success on the ground to have a chance. Georgia’s leading rusher is Zamir White who has 71 carries for 355 yards and 6 TD’s. James Cook and Kendall Milton have a combined 86 carries for 466 yards to make a formidable trio. Advantage: Georgia

RECEIVERS: Wan’Dale Robinson has been having a great year with 37 catches for 527 yards and 4 TD’s and is Kentucky’s leading receiver. Georgia will counter with Brock Bowers who has 20 catches for 315 yards and 4 TD’s. Advantage: Neither

DEFENSE: We all know about Georgia’s defense. They are limiting teams to 204 total yards which is amazing in today’s college football. Their front seven is as good as it gets and they have 22 sacks and are allowing only 67 yards per game rushing. The secondary has been just as efficient and they are allowing 137 passing yards per game. Kentucky plays good, physical defense and linebackers, De’Andre Square and Jacquez Jones have combined for 87 tackles. The defensive front has put significant pressure on the quarterback and they have 13 sacks. Advantage: Georgia

This game will come down to the success, or lack of success, of the Kentucky offense. Can they do what no one else has been able to do and be able to make plays and score enough? If they can get to 20 points, their defense is good enough to keep them in the game. Georgia will rely on their punishing running game and dominating defense to get good field position and take advantage of it. Georgia is a 21.5-point favorite.


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